You want to visit a new country, but you don’t speak the language? It may take twice as long to pick up groceries or make local friends, but here are some easy tricks to make the language barrier a fun hurdle rather than a frightening one.
After watching this delightful corner of London being splashed over the big screen in classic British films such as Notting Hill and Love Actually, I was keen to experience Notting Hill in the flesh. Travelling to London for the day with my most loyal travel companion, my Mother, my mind was playing over the endless scenes of Notting Hill streets that I’d seen a thousand times in film. Out of habit, I had done some research on the best spots in the area, however when I stepped out of Notting Hill Gate, warmly greeted by a wave of selfie-stick brandishing tourists, I decided to simply follow my nose, or rather, whichever path was least congested!
Pitlochry is a small and bustling town nestled in Highland Perthshire. It’s characterful and colourful, and the two hour drive is well worth it for a change of scene. What makes Pitlochry such a great destination, is that the surrounding area provides something to suit everyone’s interests.
I spent two months camping out in Australia a couple years ago. The continent was a muse. The mountains, the waves, the winds and the stars – these were the highlights. So simple, so universal, yet not to be found anywhere else. So stark were the clouds, and the perfume of the wilding flowers, the landscapes became impressionistic in the haziness of the heat, the colors of the flushing sun faintly rising to radiance. The kookaburras raucously laughed high above in the eucalyptus trees. I never felt the burden of time. It was an enveloping place of simplicity, beauty, chill and freedom. The best way to take it all in is on the road and in a tent.
In winter, you plot and plan, but in spring, it is time to move. Take advantage of Spring Break and travel somewhere new. Go wherever you can go, and as far as you can. Forget the typical spring break destinations frequented by St Andrews students and surprise yourself and everyone you know by seeking out new horizons.
Spring Break is imminent and summer’s wide expanse is very nearly tangible, so we turn to our most-beloved budget travel site – Airbnb. Airbnb, for those of you who have been living under a rock (or for those of you who have a pre-paid suite at every Hilton on the continent) is a website where home owners rent out their houses to travellers and holiday-makers, usually for a fraction of the price of the average hotel room.
The start of spring is fast approaching. Creme eggs, malteaser bunnies and Easter eggs are already appearing in the shops, and our days are getting ever longer. Spring is my favourite season in St Andrews because our daylight hours seem to continue forever, last April I remember setting out on a walk at 8pm expecting it to be dusk by the time I was back; at 9, when I returned home, the sun was still up.
When three sisters turn sixteen, eighteen and twenty-one in the same year it seems appropriate to do something fittingly mature and sophisticated to celebrate. But who wants cocktail bars and spa breaks when you can spend a week in Disneyland Paris! For my sisters and I this seemed like the better option, so we set off on the Eurostar for a magical break of childhood reminisces.
Switzerland is only a two hour flight from Edinburgh. Once you get there, you can traverse the entirety of the country easily and cheaply. Switzerland has one of the best rail networks in the world, allowing you to see the splendors of the natural landscapes and the cityscapes as well. From snowcapped mountains and shimmering lakes to quaint little towns and cosmopolitan cities, here is my recommended route to see it all:
With Taylor Swift blaring out of my headphones, I arrived in the city that doesn’t sleep. Rather fittingly, I hadn’t slept. An eight hour bus drive from Virginia, with the person sitting next to you snoring unnecessarily loudly, is not a recipe for relaxation. But, undeterred, I set about trying to cram as many experiences as possible into one weekend in the Big Apple. Here are my top ten suggestions for a trip to NYC!